Sony has turned down rumors that the third MCU Spiderman film will be a live action Spider-Verse film with Toby McGuire and Andrew Garfield. Following a resurgence of casting rumors this week, a representative from Sony Pictures has denied the return of the two previous Spiderman actors to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“This week, rumors circulated online that Maguire and Garfield were either in talks or already locked in to play their respective Peter Parker characters in Sony and Marvel’s Spider-Man 3. However, in a statement to ET Canada, a representative of Sony Pictures said, “Those rumoured castings are not confirmed.” Studios don’t always comment on casting rumors, but in this case, Sony has debunked the currently circulating rumors about Maguire and Garfield.”Molly Freeman, Screen Rant, October 15, 2020
The rumor has been floating around the internet for a while following the incredible success of Sony’s Into the Spider-Verse film in late 2018. Large corners of the internet are convinced that live action renditions of Spider-Gwen and Miles Morales are due in the immediate future.
Repeated rumors of a live-action Spiderverse film was seemingly validated on Tuesday by casting rumors that the two previous stars had officially been cast in the MCU’s latest film.
“The upcoming Spider-Man 3 movie requires three Spider-Men: Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man 2002-2007), Andrew Garfield (Spider-Man 2012-2014 ) and Tom Holland (Spider-Man 2016-?). If the reports are correct, all three actors have signed on to sling webs in the long-running superhero franchise’s next film, set to be directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home filmmaker Jon Watts.”Corrina Allen, The Loop, October 13, 2020
The rumors are more interesting because Sam Raimi, director of the original Spiderman Trilogy, is currently working on the MCU’s sequel to Doctor Strange. Some have speculated that he would use the multiverse jumping antics of that character to reintroduce his rendition of Peter Parker into the universe along side Tom Holland or in some minor capacity.
While it’s not impossible or unlikely that Sony and Disney will agree to a live-action Spider-verse film, it’s likely that we won’t be seeing it anytime soon.
Disney/Sony’s Untitled Spiderman Sequel is Set to Release on December 17th, 2021 unless further COVID delays affect the shooting and release schedule. Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is coming out March 25, 2022. Sony Animation’s planned follow-up to SpiderVerse is set for release on October 7th, 2022.